A winner of the popular reality show "Survivor" was arrested Wednesday after allegedly shooting a puppy with an arrow.
Brian Heidik, 38, is charged with battery and cruelty to animals. After a pretrial hearing Wednesday morning in Douglas County Magistrate Court, he was released on bond.
During the bond hearing, Heidik told a judge he thought the dog was a coyote that has been harassing his pets, WSB-TV reported on its Web site.
Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland said it was a puppy.
"At about 3 a.m., his wife called to report that he was outside and that he had shot a puppy that was on his property with an arrow and planned to shoot another one," Copeland said.
When sheriff's deputies arrived, Heidik fled in his car but was quickly caught and taken back to the home where the incident occurred.
Heidik's wife, Charmaine, and 5-year-old son were present at the home at the time of the incident, Copeland said.
Copeland said there was evidence in the home to support a charge of battery for family violence. Because the case is pending, he could not elaborate on the nature of the evidence.
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